Beetle in Basement
Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 6:10 PM
I am finding these beetles in my house. What are they? While I have found one on the main floor, most are appearing in my finished basement playroom. The living ones I have found seem to be trying to burrow in the carpet. In our utility room (unfinished basement space) I have found several carcases that spiders seem to have killed. Can you identify this bug from the attached image? Do I need to be concerned about finding these in my kids playroom?
Long Island, NY
Dear Long Island, NY,
This is a Ground Beetle in the genus Scarites. It will not harm you, your children, or your home. This Ground Beetle is a nocturnal predator that feeds on other insects. You can read more about them on BugGuide.